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Etihad Cargo introduces Cool Dollies

Carrier to offer additional protection against environmental factors,

Etihad Cargo has enhanced its Abu Dhabi tarmac transportation fleet with the addition of high-tech cool dollies. The introduction of cool dollies for the transportation of pharmaceutical and perishable shipments will enable the carrier to fully complete its temperature-controlled cool chain capabilities at its Abu Dhabi hub.

In partnership with Etihad Airport Services Cargo, Etihad Cargo has added dedicated cool dollies for pharmaceutical and perishable products to provide maximum safety to the carrier’s partners and customers at every stage of the handling process.

The specialised containers will offer a closed, temperature-controlled system to ensure the reliable and seamless transportation of high-value and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo between the carrier’s aircraft and state-of-the-art cool chain warehouse.

“These specialised containers not only control the temperature but also enable Etihad Cargo to access the data records, providing Etihad Cargo increased visibility of this Critical Control Point to reduce, eliminate and prevent hazards,” remarked Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery, Etihad Cargo.

Safe and efficient carriage

“As a CEIV Pharma and Fresh-certified cargo handler, this further reiterates our commitment to providing best-in-class services to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of pharmaceuticals through our airport,” commented Naresh Ranganathan, Acting Vice President Cargo, Etihad Airport Services Cargo

The cool dollies can be set to a range of temperatures anywhere between +2 and +25 degrees Celsius, and an in-built alarm system sends alerts if the temperature fluctuates beyond the set parameters.

The cool dollies also present a greener choice, promising a longer isolation cell life and easy and low-cost maintenance and significantly reducing overall consumption, fuel costs and environmental impact.

Since launching PharmaLife, Etihad Cargo has introduced several features and initiatives to enhance the carrier’s cool chain capabilities. This latest addition follows the introduction of dedicated thermal covers and the launch of a state-of-the-art cool chain facility at Abu Dhabi Airport.

Doubling cool chain capacity

Established in partnership with Etihad Airport Services Cargo and Abu Dhabi Airports, the new facility has doubled Etihad Cargo’s cool chain capacity to carry and accommodate an additional 50,000 tonnes of cool chain commodities, including pharmaceuticals and life sciences products. The pharma hub will support the growing global healthcare and life sciences demand and is in full

alignment with Abu Dhabi’s vision to establish the emirate as a global pharmaceuticals and life sciences hub.

Etihad Cargo has also refurbished its perishables handling and storage facility. The carrier has a 3,000-square-metre dedicated perishables temperature-controlled warehouse comprising three cool rooms (2-8 degrees Celsius).

Etihad Cargo’s enhanced FreshForward centre provides smoother transfers to its FreshForward truck fleet when products need to be delivered in the UAE or handed over to the consignee at Abu Dhabi Airport, making the end-to-end journey of perishables easier and safer, a press communique concluded.

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